Happy 2014! Here is your first Soul Food for the Year- January 3rd 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday and Happy 2014!

If the New Year brings personal resolution to remain a life-long learner, to push the envelope on what you can do soulfully, or to serve as a pillar of support in your community, these should give you both pause and a chuckle…


Start This Moment with a Stunning Video from the BBC!

What a Wonderful World…

I’ve Learned… by Andy Rooney

If you will take the time to read these, I am pretty sure they will touch your soul, as the subjects he covers affect us all on a daily  basis:

They’re  written by Andy Rooney , a man with the  gift of saying so much with so few words.  Enjoy…….

I’ve  learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of  an elderly  person.

I’ve  learned…. That when you’re in love, it  shows.

I’ve  learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my  day!’ makes my  day.

I’ve  learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the  world.

I’ve  learned…. That being kind is more important than being  right.

I’ve  learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a  child.

I’ve  learned…. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have  the strength to help him in some other  way.

I’ve  learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to  be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy  with.

I’ve  learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold  and a heart to understand.

I’ve  learned…. That simple walks with my father around the block on  summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an  adult.

I’ve  learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer  it gets to the end, the faster it  goes.

I’ve  learned…. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything  we ask  for.

I’ve  learned…. That money doesn’t buy  class.

I’ve  learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve  learned… That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants  to be appreciated and  loved.

I’ve  learned…. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve  learned…. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are  only letting that person continue to hurt  you.

I’ve  learned…. That love, not time, heals all  wounds.

I’ve  learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to  surround myself with people smarter than I  am.

I’ve  learned… That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a  smile.

I’ve  learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with  them.

I’ve  learned… That life is tough, but I’m  tougher.

I’ve  learned…. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take  the ones you  miss.

I’ve  learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock  elsewhere.

I’ve  learned…. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her  one more time before she passed  away.

I’ve  learned…. That one should keep his words both soft and tender,  because tomorrow he may have to eat  them.

I’ve  learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your  looks.

I’ve  learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little  finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for  life.

I’ve  learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,  but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing  it.

I’ve  learned…. That the less time I have to work with, the more  things I get  done.

Facing Your Fears:

Here is the consummate example of facing your fears and feeling the unequivocal liberation released on the other side through sheer stick-to-it-ive ness & personal courage…

Christopher’s life will never be the same

May we all be as brave…

Just a Typewriter
This is amazing..!!!!!
He lived at Rose Haven Nursing
Home ( Roseburg , OR ) for years.

Paul Smith, the man with extra ordinary talent was born
on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy.

Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic
cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech and
mobility but also taught himself to become a master artist
as well as a terrific chess player even after being devoid
of a formal education as a child.

“When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one.
Since he couldn’t press two keys at the same time,
he almost always locked the shift key down and
made his pictures using the symbols at the top
of the number keys.

In other words, his pictures were based on these
characters ….. @ # $ % ^ & * ( )_ . Across seven decades,
Paul created hundreds of pictures.

He often gave the originals away.
Sometimes, but not always, he kept
or received a copy for his own records.

As his mastery of the typewriter grew,
he developed techniques to create
shadings, colors, and textures that made his
work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings.”

This great man passed away on June 25, 2009,
but left behind a collection of his amazing
artwork that will be an inspiration for many.

You know that saying about
“When life closes a door,
God opens a window”?

Well, I think God just helped this
man build a whole new house.

This is Typewriter Art……..
Can you believe this art
was created using a typewriter?

Click here!

“I Shall Look At
The World Through Tears.
Perhaps I Shall See Things That,
Dry-Eyed, I Could Not See”
–Nicholas Wolterstorff.

Having fun with statues:

Click here!

Thanks to Binny K, Larry H, Heidi D and Soul Food fans in so many lands

Much Love, and a very Happy New Year to you and Yours!

Let’s Make 2014 the Year of Paying it Forward…


“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact

that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

H. G. Wells

2 thoughts on “Happy 2014! Here is your first Soul Food for the Year- January 3rd 2014

  1. As always inspiring…thought provoking. I especially liked Andy Rooney’s insights with something to add…He said: That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. I say AND improve your mood and the mood of those around you.

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