Inner Strength: The Power of Our Soul. Project Good Words Challenge

Project Good Words was born....

I accepted the baton from author Maria Jordan (marcoujor of Hubpages) quite willingly, to carry forward Project Good Words, born from the heart of Jo_Goldsmith11. (Hubpages Writer)

Jo made a pledge to publish articles, using positive words to empower, encourage, support and defend those who deserve to be loved and appreciated.

This work I have written is a result of the ripple effect of the Good Words Jo has shared weekly on our common site, Hubpages.com. She has inspired many to offer their gifts to her project. I applaud her and I thank her sincerely for this unselfish effort.

My hope is that our readers will be inspired and encouraged to share whatever has touched them through the words they read and the love, hope and healing that flows from those words

Hear the Beauty of this Song's message

You are Stronger than you've ever dreamed

The power of our soul is limitless. Do you know this? Yes, you have this miracle power within, just waiting to surround you in your time of need. When you least believe you have the strength to walk through a storm, when all around you consumes your thoughts with darkness and despair, you can ascend the madness and the doom.

How can you know this is true? If you have known sadness through tragedy, and pulled yourself from the depths of this hell, you know rebirth and hope. Yes, you have and you do possess the strength within, to defeat all that threatens to cause you to despair.

When you are deeply saddened with such a fierceness that you feel you cannot go on, you have reached out and screamed for help. Your instinct pushes you to know you are worthy of saving and that your tears must cease in order that you might see goodness once again.

Our Creator designed us to carry all burdens, to defeat all enemies who come to rob our joy and crush all we were blessed with in the moment our life began. Our soul is an intimate and powerful force which we were created around....so it might guide us to climb those mountains and rise above the lows of the valleys in our path. Never doubt this. But instead, submit to the wisdom and strength of the fire within, whose flames will scorch away the demons that attempt to poison our mind.

There is a time to celebrate and rejoice, just as certain as the times we weep and grieve in sorrow. We are worthy of our time of happiness and the moments of sheer ecstasy, for they have been given to us in grace. It is our birthright to reach for these joys and embrace them within our being. Do not lose your gifts through weakness, but strive instead to keep them and to share them with others who also grieve in sorrow.. The joy we give to one another returns tenfold. Of this I am certain.

Ease the Crushing Pain of Missing One you Love so Deeply. Have the Strength to Know that They are With You.

We Need Only to Believe

You have strength. Just believe and feel it come to you as you look to the sky for the vastness of all possibilities. Imagine that you soar amongst the doves and the eagles, whose flight takes them to heights beyond what our human eyes can see. This is you, for you must believe you have the power within to follow the smallest of earth's creatures. They soar and so can you, if you only will believe.

Take pride in all you have done and in the love you have given. The beauty & comfort you express in your words and actions, are those that circle back to you.

To be strong and to stand tall with your fears beneath your foot, will show the Universe that your Faith is your strength. You possess the Faith that can crush all fears as you move forward in Hope.... Just Believe.

One of the Most Beautiful Inspirational Songs ever Written. Recorded by Frankie Lane 1953. To Listen is to Cry

Storms will Come for Nature has Her Ways

Face the storms that will come and walk forward in defiance. Do not wait in the shadows for the storm to pass, but learn to dance and sing in the rain. This, you will discover makes you stronger against each frightening stroke of lightning or boom of thunder. The sun soon emerges to bring it's lovely rainbow. Do you wish to be ready to bask in this sunshine and see the glory of colors upon our great earth? I know you do. The burning desire of each human being is to find this peace and know the serenity of pure love.

Yes, strength becomes our steadfast friend, ever armed to keep us safe from harm and teach us how to find our way out from the shadows of darkness. We won't allow despair to weaken our resolve. Keep this friend at your side and know you have the power of protection against all attempts to weaken you.

The choices we have are many. Very few are worth considering if our goal is to remain in this world, being sane and wise. Take your time and remember what you have seen and all you have learned. Use all that is at your disposal to weigh the good, the unpleasant and the most enriching, but shun the destructive with all your might. Only the weak and desperate are able to be destroyed. Once this occurs, our choices have left our reach. It is such ugliness, to be lost, lonely and broken. Say a silent prayer of gratitude that you will not suffer these wounds, because you have clung tightly to your strength. You have risen above and you know victory.

This is the Power of Our Soul. That each and every child enters into their world with the gift of strength..... to not merely survive, but to soar.

Let This Be Our Prayer

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shanmarie 5 months ago from Texas

Paula, I think you could write one of those self-help inspirational books and make a fortune. The way you write is so easy to follow, and what you have to say are things that everyone needs to be reminded of from time to time. It's not as if most people do not know these things or learn them as they go, but sometimes just having someone else say them or reading when someone else says them brings that fighting spirit of survival to life.

By the way, you told me on that research questionnaire that I sent you that you have very little faith. This says exactly the opposite. As I read this, I see a woman with a lot of faith in herself and in God, too. And, yes, you are remarkable.


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gmwilliams 10 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

You are quite welcome indeed. Postmodern society has seemed to get ruder, colder, and infinitely more ruthless.


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Grace....I read them as well and found some of the comments tough to swallow. The ego, self-centered attitudes & flippant regard for fellow writers, quite sadly abounds here. I certainly believe in TO Each Their Own.....but will always wonder what uninhabited island they live upon. Since when does a desire to make money and be successful include ignoring those around you and distancing one's self from communication? This puzzles me, that's for sure, Grace.

My mother actually had my sister and I printing "Thank You Notes" for gifts we received when only 4 or 5 yrs. old. I know nothing else but common courtesies. I guess I'm just not with the new trends.

Thanks Grace.........


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gmwilliams 10 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

fpherj48, I read the two forums from cover to cover. It is sad really. When people respond to me by commenting, at least I could do out of courtesy....manners is to RESPOND BACK. My parents taught me the importance of class, manners, and courtesy. I hope that Will Bill does join the HubPages community! He would be a fun addition!


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fpherj48 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I have always and will always "stand up" for myself or ANYONE I perceive as being unfairly treated. abused, manipulated or oppressed in any way. For me, it is a natural. auto-response. I firmly believe the statement that goes something like, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." This has been simple truth since the beginning of time.

Don't know if you saw some her last comments, but she was called out/challenged by someone. Among other things, she told the woman, "You're irrelevant." That is quite a telling statement.

I wonder how desperately lonely she is?

I would love to have you join our community! Thanks, Bill


Wild Bill 10 months ago

Yes, she is a paradox.

On one hand, she says she is here to make money, not friends, yet she rails against capitalism every chance she gets.

She says that she has been a paid writer her entire life, yet even her biography is riddled with grammatical errors. She keep sources that are know false, and it is like she doesn't proof read any of her work.

When discussing religion, she uses the example of secular countries being wealthier than religious countries, insinuating they are better for it; yet she claims she just qualified for low income housing. If more money means a higher quality of person, then shouldn't that also stand for the individual too? By her criteria, would she be a less desirable person because she is poor. I have no problem with different beliefs, but her statements are a bit hypocritical. I believe in live and let live without the bother of preaching to anyone, but I am not going to take hypocritical statements about me sitting down.

On her forum, she says that she does not need the validation given by networking and that is how she has approached writing her entire life, yet she is of retirement age, has had no big successes and is living in the poor house. If she hasn't realized by now that maybe the way she has done things is wrong then I don't think she ever will.

Now on her forum she is saying that when she reads an article, she doesn't look at who the writer is because she is not 'obsessed' with celebrities like most people are now days.

Since when has checking up on the source been considered 'obsessed' with celebrities? As a matter of fact, I think that knowing the writer is even more important these days because anyone with a blog can be hired by Yahoo! to write an article; not because they are good journalists, but because they write sensationalized articles that get clicks, whether true or not.

I think in this day and age, we need to get to know our writers and build some sort of relationship, so I don't think expecting a response back after making a comment is too much to ask. I'm glad you stood up for yourself and spoke your mind. Kudos to you!


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bill.....LOL. More power to her. I am not bothered by anything she says or does. Do you find it terribly IRONIC that her excuse for being RUDE & not acknowledging comments is due to her "time constraints" & limited "access" to the internet~~ YET, she has spent HOURS on a forum, begging for validation of her rudeness? LMAO. What a pathetic fool. She is, IMHO, the unfortunate sort of person who boldly exposes her own moral bankruptcy. We can watch her FALL.

BTW, I'm glad you contacted me. I contacted a very dear friend of mine who is a native of So. Africa. She has lived there her entire life. She is also a very popular, successful hubber. She sent me 5 valid, authentic news article from the So. African & other international media that ALL clearly report the "woman," (who was the daughter of the deputy President) was 31 (THIRTY ONE) YRS. OLD at the time of the incident. Do not give our friend another thought. Let her stew in her own distasteful pot of crap.......Keep in touch Bill!


Wild Bill 11 months ago

Paula,

The Hubber you and I had a run in with is bashing both of us on a forum. Just thought you should know.

In one instance this morning she said she should have deleted your comments and ignored you. In another she said you must need affirmation as a person while she is only here to make money.

I figured her apology here was kind of fake.


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jo THERE you are. I recently asked Shyron about you. I hadn't seen you in so long. I wasn't trying to be nosy...just wondered if you were OK or you left us or what?? Shyron assured me you were taking some much-needed time off. I hear that! We should all do that at least once a year. It's good for our entire being...mind, body & soul.

I've not done much writing at all lately. Getting lazy in my old age!

Wishing you & yours a Blessed New Year.......Peace, Paula


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Jo_Goldsmith11 11 months ago

A Happy New year to you Ms. Paula! I wanted to stop in and thank you so much again for writing this beautiful, irreplaceable article.

The wisdom in your words, the heartfelt thoughts are a blessing and joy to my soul! I have shared this again. Tweeted it out too.

I see too, you have been busy sharing your wisdom and kindness already in these first few days of another year. So admire you, adore your wonderful heart. God Bless you dear lady! Looking forward to reading more of your work this year. :-) Hugs! (((((( Ms. Paula ))))))))))


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

wild bill.....Breathe deeply and count to 10...or 20 if necessary. You must be young because in my ripe old age, I can't imagine there is a single type of human being I haven't encountered. After a while, trust me, a lot of things will roll off your back. You have to get to that point or you'll implode from frustration.

Look at it this way~~ she may be 100% thoroughly convinced she has the facts straight. Therefore, in her mind, she is not lying. Like I said, it actually doesn't matter if the female was 13 or 31 or had 2 heads.....Learn to "pick your battles carefully," Bill. Save your strength for the important matters. I hope you realize this all boils down to EGO.......neither of you wants to be wrong. Thank your lucky stars you're not the President of So Africa and throw this in the trash where it belongs..............OK, you can exhale now.


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh my Grace.....I hope you keep the tissues nearby. I never know when something is going to grab me by the heart...and find myself sniffling while reading too! "Happy New Year!" Peace, Paula


Wild Bill 11 months ago

Paula,

I do feel better now for getting that off my chest and thank you for being the voice of reason.

As for the president of SA, I don't have a dog in the race, it just bothers me when people lie to make a point. It bothers me when someone ridicules me, yet they are a proven liar. It bothers me more when someone continues to lie even though proof has been put before them in black and white. I don't understand this and I have never known a human being, even on Hubpages, to act like this.

Thanks for letting me vent!


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gmwilliams 11 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is such a beautiful hub. It made me cry as I was reading it. Peace to you, Paula.


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wild Bill. Can I safely assume you feel better now that you have that off your chest? Sounds to me like you and Tess need to simply avoid one another. It's fair to say that every single hubber who spends any amount of time here, has had an unpleasant run-in with,at the very least, 1 or 2 others. I certainly have. I handle such incidents like a big girl, as well as possible at the time. I then do not and will not give the offending individual a 2nd chance to annoy nor insult me. There are more than enough wonderful, intelligent & talented writers on HP to interact with. I have formed some of the very best friendships ever on this site among the many fascinating people.

As for So. Africa? Rape is an egregious crime in any case and more so of course when the victim is a child. With a "rape" occurring every 2 minutes in the USA, I'm going to have to suggest that So Africa concern themselves with this one. The President of So Africa means less than nothing to me. I have compassion for the woman/girl and hope that the authorities in So. Africa see to it that she is cared for and compensated for her pain & suffering. Other than that, this incident should be insignificant to us with all our numerous problems. We have Bill Cosby now don't we?

I hope both you and Tess can put this behind you and carry on. Peace, Paula


Wild Bill 11 months ago

Btw, Tess' excuse of not responding well to flattery is highly unlikely, seeing as she responded well to Linda Robinson's praise in the Hub; How profit works and how you can make a good living without profit.


Wild Bill 11 months ago

fpherj48,

I hate to use your Hub as a personal forum, but I need to clear the air with Tess because she is not allowing my comments on her Hubs.

I have not been trolling her as she stated someone has. I have only found a very large error in her article on Donald Trump.

*DISCLAIMER* She claims that I am only disagreeing with her because I am a Donald Trump fan, but that is not accurate either and I don't know where she got that idea from. She probably made it up like the rest of her "facts". As a matter of fact, I read the article because I DON'T like Trump.

Anyway, the error she has made is in the claims that the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was accused of raping a thirteen year old girl and even tried to provide a source to back that statement up, but the source actually says a thirty year old woman. I pointed this out and she said that someone made a typo and it was really a thirteen year old girl. I provided sources from the BBC, the Guardian, and other legitimate sources, but she said they were all wrong. She then said that she was from South Africa, so she should know better and then deleted all of my comments and hers. On her way out, she said I must be a typical Republican. lol

Any one can go and Google this and see that NO SOURCE says it was a thirteen year old girl, but she completely ignores this and continues to support her lie on this Hub. I have never met a person who would have verified proof beyond the shadow of doubt presented before them, yet still continue to lie, especially when slandering a person. Again, I don't have a dog in the race when it comes to this guy, but I do think the credibility of writers, especially on Hubpages should still be held to the highest standards.

What burns me up the most is that whenever a person has different views than her and tries to engage her in dialogue, she claims they are trolling and deletes them. She will insult them on the way out by saying they are poorly educated and must have not traveled as extensively as she has and also make claims that Republicans are narrow minded and Christians are not as smart or moral as Atheists.

I have no problems with peoples' beliefs and realize we all come in different shapes and sizes, but I don't take kindly to insults, especially from a hypocrite.

Again, I am sorry to use your Hub as a forum, but I thought this should be put out there.


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tess, I don't have any idea how we block individual hubbers. In fact, I don't believe it's possible. Under no circumstances have I blocked you~~or anyone. I know it is possible to have comments held until the writer approves them,(which I also do not do.) And of course, we are aware that as the writer, we can, if we wish, delete a comment that is inappropriate, rude or otherwise ignorant. Even this, I have done only twice in nearly 5 years.

I'm of the belief that if someone is willing to make an ass of themselves on HP, their idiocy should be left visible for all to see.

Perhaps someone does know how it is possible to block specific writers from one's site and you will get an answer. As I said, I have not heard of this having been done by anyone. There are plenty of troll-like preachers & various morons I would LIKE to block, but their stupidity is often entertaining.

As for "not trusting flattery," this is your right. Because you do not know me, I realize you can be leery. However, I can assure you, I am a simple, genuine sincere woman. When I read something I am impressed with and appreciate, it's natural for me to compliment the writer. My friends here know me as a total straight-shooter. I am by nature kind & compassionate. In all fairness, I am also capable of cutting someone to ribbons if need be.....and I've done this PLENTY of times with annoying and abrasive individuals. As with anything or anyplace in life, there are trolls to be found. These are the ignorant, unhappy souls in this world who are to be pitied. I will slap them up a bit and move on. I can't waste my valuable time teaching manners & appropriate behavior to adults who should already know these things.

I thank you for contacting me and hope you receive the answers you want. I see you asked about emailing hubbers. If you click on "Fan Mail," you will see a notation pop up that allows us to email each individual hubber. Wishing you a "Happy New Year."


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TessSchlesinger 11 months ago from South Africa

Dear Paula, I'm not quite sure how you were able to block me, but I would appreciate it if you could share the methodology with me as I need to block people sometimes.

I do apologize that you felt slighted because I didn't respond to your very flattering comment. To be honest, I don't trust flattery. In my experience, generally people who flatter me aren't particularly sincere. So I wait to see if they genuinely follow up with action. This is my response universally and has been for some 40 years.

That said, I have been off line more or less for three weeks and am typing this from the library. We are permitted 50 mgs per month. Not a lot for a writer who earns on the web. You will understand that I have priorities.

I was turned down by Telkom for service so while you assume that I had all the means to respond to you, it's a lot more complex than that. This is South Africa, not America, and I have been gone for nearly 20 years with no credit record. (Been in the States, Spain, Scotland, and the UK).


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh my....thank you for such a warm comment! It's good to see you at my home. Enjoy the evening! Peace, Paula


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ValKaras 11 months ago from Canada

Here we meet again...here I see you for the first time at your home. And here are my words of response...

You are a poetess of those shiniest corners of human heart - not far from those darkest ones - filled with shimmering energies of love, hope, and daring faith! I bow in front of your glowing spirit, Paula! Thank you for this experience.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you Missy. Josh is wonderful. I'm happy you found inspiration here. Peace~ Paula


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Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

Very inspirational. I love the videos too. Josh Groban has a beautiful uplifting voice. :))))


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you for visiting, Dr. Bill. I am flattered you enjoyed this work. If truth be known, I write these words for all of us, including yours truly.

I am bound & determined to discover my own strength and potential to it's maximum. Almost there, but very aware I have miles to go...

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Week-end.......Paula


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Dr Bill Tollefson 18 months ago from Southwest Florida

Hey Paula,

I really enjoyed this article. It was written very well and I agree with a lot. Our soul is so important and at times we ignore is when it is hurt and don't recognize its power.

Blessings, Dr. Bill


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Au fait....You're comments are always even more inspiring than our hubs!....How I love the quotes. The one that spoke loudly to me is, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right~ for you'll be criticized anyway." A-MEN!

All Josh Grobin has to do is open his mouth to begin a song and I instantly have goosebumps & tears in my eyes......Love him.

Oh yes, "Frankie Lane,".....As though it were yesterday, I recall my parent's old Victrola & the 78 record of this song ( as well as "The Little White Coud that Cried"). I wore out those records. Good Grief Au fait....I am O-L-D!!! LOL....As always, thank you so much for your wise and lovely words. Peace, Paula


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

A person can usually do more than s/he thinks they can do, and when the chips are down that is when one discovers just how capable and strong one truly is.

Here are some of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

This article is an excellent compilation of your good judgment and advice. For Christians, our strength is Jesus Christ, and He will lift us up and help us to accomplish good things and to be victorious over our trials through our strong faith in Him. Voted up and BAUI.

Love the Impossible Dream, and The Prayer. Haven't heard Frankie Laine in years, what a treat!


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

So true Catherine.....Very often it only takes a moment and a word to change someone's heart from heavy to hopeful.....Have a nice week-end.


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CatherineGiordano 19 months ago from Orlando Florida

Project Good Words sounds like a wonderful idea. You never know when they might be just the words someone needs to hear. I posted my hub about spirituality on facebook last week and someone wrote a comment thanking me and telling me it was exactly what she needed to hear that day. Thank you or writing this.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Absolutely true, Suzette. I'm pleased you enjoyed the music too!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautifully written, Paula, and I love all the music videos. Strength is within us all and what we have to do is find it deep down in our hearts and soul and go with it.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, Devika....you are correct. I'm happy you stopped by. Have a great week!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

We all have strengths and weaknesses it is better to show more strengths. Such a beautifully written hub!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ruby &

Jo

I am so happy to see both of you here and I thank you for such beautiful comments. You are incredibly "Inspirational" women and I'm honored to know you and read your wonderful hubs...


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

Once again your words draw me here. Like Angels are telling me I must read! So much of who we are is born out of strength. The strength to carry on when all we feel like doing is giving up.

Strength to take a stand and draw a line in the sand of right and wrong.

All wonderful to read your beautiful thoughts on how we can and should be strong and what the strength can do for a person.

Just beautiful! Shared, Up and this time you are on face book! :-)

hugs!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

How did I miss this? So very beautiful! I'm listening to ' I believe ' and I feel rejuvenated with increased inner strength from the powerful words. Your writing touches the inner soul and I do believe. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt thoughts....


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Some days are BLATANTLY miraculous! Above me are 3 of the most incredibly amazing women I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Maria, Gail & Debbie (DJ).

Take a small part of each of these Powerhouse ladies.....roll them into one and Oh.....MY.....GOD!! Look out world. Here comes one amazing, outrageously courageous and totally loving HUMAN BEING.

Wonder Woman.....Take a Hike!!............


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Paula, I just re-read this amazing hub. A woman with great insight

wrote this hub. It deserves a reading over from time to time because

our minds may find it hard to soak up the wisdom contained within the frame of the hub.

"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." WOW! We should have those words written in the palm our hands. It would serve as a constant reminder of the strength we have within.

And, I was talking smack to you.

You nailed a personal strength in this hub. Never doubt your own words.

Still, I will be your strength when your day is dark and tomorrow seems so very far away. And, when you feel strong, I will make you laugh so that yesterday is hidden from your view. I will say a prayer when your heart is heavy because that is what friends do.

Love,

DJ.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey there! It's the Divine Miss "M"!!......Nice to see you. Yes, it is pretty damned cool around here with all the wonderful people. Just wish we were within minutes of one another. Then again, get a bunch of high-spirited, determined women in one place? We could be calling home for bail money. I can really be a rabble rouser......what the HELL is a rabble rouser anyway? Whatever it is, I believe I qualify.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh how I have to stick my big fat 'presence' in here to tell both Paula and Gail how amazing, strong and 'lion-like' you both are...

I am so fussy about who I spend my time with and 'you two cats are where it's at'...to me! Love you both with my heart and soul, Maria


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OMG Gail....I have goosebumps...for real. Yes, that sentence suits you and your journey to where you are today...so perfectly. It seems we were meant to cross paths. I read your lovely story. Maria, bless her heart, keeps in the loop in terms of things she knows I would love to see.

Because of another article you wrote, I went online to search for labyrinths near my area.

My life is richer, fuller and happier because of people like YOU and our wonderful Community of fellow-writers. Thank you Gail.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Dear Paula,

I read and commented on this hub when it came out a few months ago. I was deeply moved even then, but I was seeing it through fresh eyes today--- appreciating my own inner strength and the gifts of grace and faith that I've been given.

As you know, my story, "The Boy I Loved & Lost" was just published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength. The story is about my first love who died of bone cancer when I was in my first year of college, and how I found the strength to finish nursing school and go on to become the kind of nurse he wanted me to be---compassionate and caring; and how I also went on to find joy and a wonderful man to love.

Last week I dedicated my story to my first love, (with my husband's blessing) at a hospice event that I was speaking at. Here it is, 43 years later, and through God's grace I have the opportunity to help support others on their own grief journeys.

And today I see, and feel, the wisdom in this quote you wrote, "Do not lose your gifts through weakness, but strive instead to keep them and to share them with others who also grieve in sorrow."

Your writing is powerful. I hope you, too, submit a story to CSFS when you find one of their future book topics that speak to your heart.

Sending Blessings, Hugs & Love,

Gail


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Fox.....What you say is true. I can honestly say that my sister and I never longed for a brother, but more than one psychic/medium has told both of us (separately) in the past...that we did have a brother. ?? Our parents confirmed for us that they never had any child that they abandoned in the woods, sold or traded for a new Ford.....just my sister and I.

So secretly, my sister and I had all sorts of fantasies about this mysterious brother we're supposed to have had......but none of the possibilities were good for Dad's "image." We stopped going to psychics!

I have 4 adult sons ( no daughters) and 9 grandsons. That is more than enough MALE influence than one woman needs! Thank you....:)


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Well, then, he can be the substitute brother for the one you never had. Sometimes friends can be closer than brothers, like Jonathan and King David.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I'm sorry to say that Bill is not my real-life brother.....I am one of his many adoring female fans. I actually do not/never had a brother.....just one fabulous sister (whom we lost to cancer.)

In comments way back when, Bill & I kept realizing an exceptional number of similarities in our lives/attitudes/beliefs....you know, the usual stuff that we discover about one another, sharing a site. So Bill suggested that because he is "adopted" who knows? We may be half-siblings. It's just a fun-thing that seemed to take hold.

We would have to had shared a BIO Dad....& I'm sure that can't be true. My mother would have booted my Dad right out of Heaven and straight into Hell by now....especially since Bill and I are very close in age! OUCH! LOL


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

This is a powerful essay on inner-strength and your approach is will a full heart.

The songs you chose add so much to your message here, not to mention the fact that Josh Groban has such an emotional impact on audiences with his amazing voice.

Is Billybuc your real-life brother? Enjoyed and voted up!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

beth.....Thank you so much for opening your heart to my thoughts.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Beautifully done, fpherj48! Your interpretative words are engaging and uplifting.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

K.O. Thank you. I appreciate these words from another woman who has known struggles yet rose above. As long as we exist there will be hills to climb and a valley or 2 to travel. With every journey we are closer to our ultimate haven of peace............Kick some butt today!


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

beautiful hub my friend, and an excellent reminder of how strong we all are, even when we feel like we are not. keep on truckin, and never stop writing paula :)


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

True that! :-)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

There's some dude named, "Randy the Magnificent," if memory serves me. Funny thing is, he makes his fame and fortune by EXPOSING phony Faith healers, magicians, psychics, etc...!!! LOL Can you believe it?? If I had been a little quicker on the draw, I may have said I was talking about THAT Randy!!!!...........Oh dear, life can be FUN.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

I actually sent a pm to one of them. My concern was that by continuing to comment and engage, we are, in fact, bringing her more views, etc. She is a strange breed. But as my dad would say, That's what makes horse racing! But, seriously, thank you! And, thanks for not telling her who Randi is. I thought that was funny, too! Have a great week!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks, Audrey. All I can add is that I can recall "thinking," "OMG, I could NEVER survive this or that....".....Yet, as life would have it, I found myself surviving, as well as thriving, despite all that was thrown my way.

Moral? Never say, "never."....We CAN do what we must. Thank you, Audrey and Peace, Paula


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I also believe that we are stronger than we think--souls connect somehow--and that is a powerful thing--loved this write this morning!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Randi.....LOL.....I saw her question, "Who's Randi?" and thought I'd let her figure it out for herself. Looked like she may have needed a diversion from the verbal violence being thrown around.....

I had also briefly considered speaking up to suggest a few people might want to take a break and breathe deeply....there is no other word for some of the vehement comments but serious ANGER. Sorry, I don't get it.....never will.

Your comment was so non-accusatory and benign......I must say I too was taken aback by her attack on you......

Oh well, been there and it's never pleasant.

My Dad, rest his soul and bless his heart....who used humor 90% of the time....used to say, "Where 2 or more are gathered in My Name.....you'll hear people screaming at each other!" I mean, really? It's true now isn't it?? Inhale.......exhale.....LOL


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Paula, I am so sorry I missed this 3 weeks ago but I am very happy I found it now! What an amazing, inspirational piece with perfect songs. To listen is to cry but to read is to feel strength.Thank you! Up across the board, except funny.

Now for the reason I happened on this hub. I just read your comment on Brie's hub and thought best to answer you here. Earlier today when I saw there was a new comment, I told myself to ignore it and just move on but like a train wreck, I keep going back to that hub! Thank you for your words. You are right, no sense beating a dead horse. I just wrote a hub about choosing happy. These kinds of confrontations are not happy and get nowhere. Like you, I truly wish for peace...for everyone.

Love this hub and love that you are writing hubs again. I haven't been on too much lately but I look forward to catching up!


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

Mill Creek, Not so far from where I grew up in New Castle.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Western PA? I lived briefly in Mill Creek also, right about the time you moved to NY....late '80's.....a job-related temporary stay for me.....

Lakewood is really nice..(can't say the same about the City of Jamestown!) Then again, where I've lived for the past 12 years is very nice too......despite the city of Buffalo being a disgrace to WNY......Nice to meet you too, Eugene.


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

Paula, It's so nice to meet a neighbor, we've lived here since 1989. Relocated from Western Pennsylvania. Nice to meet you :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Eugene.....I'm pleased I could contribute to starting your day off on a positive note! Looks like you and I are "neighbors." I live about 50 min from Lakewood......and 25 min from Buffalo, along Lake Erie......grew up in Chautauqua County!............Peace, Paula


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esmonaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

Well this sure is making me start off my Friday on a positive note. What a well written so true piece. Thanks for making my day :) I'm going to bookmark this so I can read it over and over.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Shyron

Nithya

Phyllis

sujaya

Susan

I cannot feel more honored than to be visited by such fine examples of "strength."......each of you are true inspirations. How blessed I am to know you all. Thank you. I send hugs and wish you...Peace, Paula


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful job you've done with this challenge. Your words rang so true in my heart. The songs you chose were perfect for this piece. Pinning your hub so that I can come back and reread it over again.


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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

motivating hub


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

OMGosh, fpher - this is so beautiful, your entire hub. I love both Celene Dion and Josh Groban, together they are beauty in action. Thank you for this inspiring hub.

Up and across, H+ and FB


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Inspiring and truly beautiful! I love the way you have said -

This is the Power of Our Soul, each and every child born into the world with the gift of strength to not just survive, but to soar. Great hub, voted up.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I came back to listen to the music videos. The Prayer is one of my favorite songs.

Voted up, UABI and shared

Blessings to you dear friend


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

My son will pay for the shipping! LOL San Diego is dry as a bone!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Yes, FL needs the rain. But not until Saturday. I wish I could send some to CA.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks GF...but you ARE sunshine......It was perfect here today...65 degrees and breezy. My favorite kind of day. Didn't FL need rain? I know California is having a terrible drought! Send your rain their way!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Sunshine is stopping by for some strength...it's been raining for the past 3 days and there are no rays to rejuvenate me, so I instantly thought of my Effer! :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Michelle....and YOU, my cheerful fellow-writer, are responsible for directing your readers toward compassion and sharing of goodness. Two main ingredients to the recipe for STRENGTH!.....Thank you.


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

You are perfect for the project! And yes, we all need positive words to keep us going!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Devika......I would agree with you. This is a situation that calls for not only strength, but many human attributes. You can be quite proud of what you have achieved.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I knew I was stronger when I moved to a foreign country that ought to prove my strengths all the way. Greatly expressed.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you, Flourish......I have to say that I'm certain there isn't a thing I could suggest to you about "Strength.".....It's clear you have enough for 10 women and I am in total awe of you. Blessings & Peace, Paula


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

A powerful, heartfelt message and truly inspired.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Theresa

Shyron

suzette

Pamela

DFAL

Genna

Wow.....With a cast of writers like this sharing comments with me, I can only feel stronger! Very little compares to the support and encouragement of our peers. I am grateful to each of you for your input & honored to know you. Thank you!

YOU are amazing......Peace, Paula


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I couldn’t add to the wonderful comments already stated above; but to say, thank you! This beautiful, inspiring hub is so uplifting, and from the heart. Bless you. :-)


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Hubs about empowerment are a wonderful thing. In fact, any talk or article on empowerment is a wonderful thing.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I really enjoyed this. So inspiring and heartfelt!

Sharing and Pinning.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Paula, this is such beautiful prose on the soul and strength we receive from it. I think this is the most beautiful hub I have ever read in HP. I feel this beautiful piece coming from your soul. This is so inspiring and reading it brings peace to my soul. Thank you! He musical choices are wonderful !


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Paula, thank you for helping each of us to look to brighter tomorrows, and to realize the pain from hurt and sorrow will pass.

Voted up, UABI and shared

Blessings

Shyron


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear Paula,

Thank you so much for writing so powerfully and beautifully on the "Good Word" of Strength, and it is so because you know what it means to forge ahead in this sometimes brutal life and to still have much love in your heart to share with others. So true, if we are here on this earth, no matter how we came to be on this earth, and no matter what devastating trials we have had to endure, we can all make the choice to still sing, laugh and love and focus on what is beautiful in this life.

I truly love the paragraph starting with, "Our Creator designed us to carry all burdens, to defeat all enemies who come to rob our joy and crush what we've been blessed with at the moment our life began." A paragraph of truths you have written indeed.

Your music selections are perfect for the "Good Word" of Strength.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Stay strong and beautiful (inside and out) lovely lady!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Great! I believe this is what Jo was hoping for when she began the project. Glad I could be a part of it!......Thanks for visiting, beth.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

A lovely and inspiring Hub! I voted up and leaving uplifted by your message.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello annart.....Thank you for stopping by to participate in Jo's Good Words Project. "Strength" is a word I was pleased to share with our readers. There are fellow-members here who have developed a powerful supply of inner strength due to some uniquely difficult struggles in life.

I feel they all should be honored and feel free to appreciate their victories... Thank you for your thoughtful comment.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

This is one big spoonful of inspiration. I love the phrase 'learn to dance and sing in the rain'.

We only have strength when we've weathered a storm because that's the only way we know what we're made of and often it's a surprise.

Great contribution to the Project Good Words challenge.

Ann


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tillie....I hope you're feeling better and your injury has healed. After the pain, I'm sure the hardest part for you was "taking it E-Z"....something you've not practiced much! We Boomer wenches just have to learn the hard way, I guess.

Hey...you flatter me too much.....If life has taught me anything, it is that our path is constructed before we're born. Our life on earth is nothing more or less than a Huge Test. Some get by, others may sadly fall off track. Then there are those who continue to do a bit of both every step of the way. We're the stubborn, tenacious ones who flatly refuse to allow the cruel, hard knocks to deter us. The ones whose mantra is..."I'll be damned before I give in!"

What this all means is the real mystery.....and until the final curtain falls.....we dare not take a bow.

Good to hear from you, GF.......I am in awe of YOU!.....Peace, Paula


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Bill's comment makes a valid point GF, you've certainly walked a mile (or more) in those moccasins and know from whence you speak. Your heart is so big girl, it holds so much love, life, and laughter but as we know it holds sadness, yet you haven't let the sadness overpower you.

I am really in awe of you GF, as much as we banter, know that!

Voted all but funny.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dianna.....The words we speak and share through our writing are only as sweet and encouraging as they are received. It is individuals like you, with an open heart and mind, who can feel the power of their soul, who will be touched and grateful for these words. Blessings to you and yours.....P


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teaches12345 2 years ago

What a powerful message from the heart. Your words are sweet and so encouraging to hear. God bless you, dear lady.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi pop.....Nice of you to stop by for a chat! Glad I could boost your spirit. After all, The Inn has been handing out "spirits" for years!!!LOL


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Your words are inspiring and spirit lifting. I thank you for this piece and applaud you. Voted up, beautiful, useful and awesome.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nell...Thank you so much. Bad days come and go. Often it seems like there are too many bad days and we grow very weary of all the nonsense we need to deal with. If we must find one nice thing about these upsetting times......every day eventually comes to an end! With a bit of luck and some determination, the next day starts fresh and bright. Here's wishing you happy days, Nell......you deserve them!..


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

What beautiful and inspiring words Paula, just the thing I needed to read after the day I have had! But of course it was one of those annoying days, not bad because I have had so many really bad days, your strength in this is amazing, loved every word, nice one! nell


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I do listen. On occasion. I learn from the best :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sha...I do have a touch of "BOSSINESS about me, don't I?......Hey GF, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!!! :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

shelia...thanks so much for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment.... Keep the strength in shape!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well Sunflower.....if you would listen to me once in a while.....you would understand a whole lot more about yourself.....but I take your stubborn streak into consideration....LOL! Love you....The EF


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Gail...Thank you for the kind words, your thoughtfulness and the bouquet of Blessings! I truly appreciate you. Peace, Paula


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Very inspirational! I love the line "Do not wait in the shadows for the storm to pass, but learn to dance and sing in the rain". This is often easier said than done, but it's something I know can be done if I only try.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Awesome hub, fpher! We fear adversary, but when we found ourself in the middle of it we meet that powerful strength that is inside of us. We all have it. But, sadly, external factors - like drugs, bad friends/relatives and even depression - have the power to convince us that our strength has no power. So, if we don't believe in ourselves and our abilities we will unfortunately be losers.

Of course, not we per se - you and me and our friends are not losers.

This hub of yours is inspiration par excellence.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Amen!! We are stronger than we think we are. I didn't realize exactly how strong, until one day I stopped to think...Dang, girl, you are a powerhouse of strength, but even the strong get tired at times. That's OK. Because during that time of rejuvenation, you come across an article such as this to beam you back to live! Dang, girl, you did it!! :)


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Dear Paula,

You touched me deeply with this inspirational hub. Even the title, "Inner Strength: The Power of Our Soul," was uplifting.

I particularly related to this quote because it was the hardest thing for me to learn to do while going through tough times: "Do not wait in the shadows for the storm to pass, but learn to dance and sing in the rain." I believe healing and joy come when we learn to dance and sing in the rain. It teaches us that in the midst of the greatest storm, our soul remains invincible if we maintain our faith and appreciate the beauty that still surrounds us.

Loved your choice of songs.

Am voting this up and sharing.

Sending a Bouquet of Blessings, Love & Hugs,

Gail


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Paula, there's a difference between strong and pushy. LOL Just razzin' ya my friend!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

As I am PROUD to be YOUR friend. I believe this is called, "Mutual Admiration." There's a whole lot of this going around in our wonderful community. Get back to that novel! LOL


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Wow, Paula. This is such a powerful piece. Your strength comes through in volumes. Your song choices brought goose-bumps to my soul. I'm really at a loss for words. This is one of the most amazing articles I've read in a long time. Wow! I am so proud to be your friend.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Awwww, Jo, Thank you. I am happy to know how pleased you are with my contribution to your Good Words Project. I sincerely believe in your plight. Peace, Paula


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

The songs you have chosen with the beautiful and profound words you have written, is a sincere blessing for my heart. What a gift we have to realize we have so much strength. We are *wounded healers* born out of pain and adversity. We leave for others our strength, and the hope that we shall overcome~! Many blessings, deepest thanks for sharing this beautiful article so amazingly written!~ Up to the heavens, shared and tweeted to the masses. :-)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

D.J.....so good to see you girlfriend. Your compliments are happily received! Please have a great day.....and hold on to that strength you personify!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wow...."a classy dame,".....I like it! Thanks, bro. You sure know how to boost my inner strength!


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Paula, what a remarkable hub! You have outdone yourself, my friend.

When one counts the pain and losses in life, blessed are those who find a light to help lead them to better days.

Thank you for offering kind words of encouragement and support.

I particularly enjoyed "The Prayer", - simple words with profound meanings.

DJ.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beautifully written, Sis, and you certainly know about storms. The thing about advice like this...I'll only take it from someone who has lived the good and the bad of life....you have, and I appreciate your thoughts and beliefs. Keep being a positive beacon for us all my friend. You are a classy dame and I'm proud to call you Sis.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mario

Maria

Jodah

Mike

What a wonderful way to begin my day by seeing this quartet of friends & reading the words you offer from your heart. It will always be people like you who offer your hand in encouragement. This is what fortifies our inner strength. Thank you....Peace, Paula


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello fpher48. What can I possibly say? I went back up to re-read the title feeling sure you were writing about inspiration. Your words carry such strength, and portray a steadfast assurance.

Listening to your song choices now and will share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Well written article about "strength" Paula. I also agree with maria about the great song selections. Voted up.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Paula,

This is exactly what I thought it would be... heartfelt, wise and thought provoking. And 'just' what I needed to read before I start my first 12-hour clinical day with nervous nursing students... this will infuse strength into me 'for all of us' all day!

I love your song selections as well! Voted UP and UABI and sharing.

Thank you for a job 'beyond' well done! Love, Maria


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Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

Beautiful article, it is written from the bottom of your heart, Paula. And so true.

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