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Let Go of Yesterday, Embrace Today, Have Faith for Tomorrow

Updated on September 6, 2017
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An Upstate WNYer,Paula shares her thoughts & experiences of the dynamics, trials & tribulations of "Family."

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Jiddu Krishnamurti is a well-known and much loved Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. You may view his photo and one of his quotes, here to the right..

Human beings spend much of our lives in contemplation. Sadly for many, past mistakes and indiscretions seem to haunt and often torture us despite efforts to block them from our memory. The result can be a maddening and crippling state of being that prevents the freedom of progress to go forward to thrive in peace and happiness. Although we may have gained immeasurable wisdom and made many positive changes in our behavior and choices, the negative and harrowing experiences remain to taunt us and lock our spirit in guilt and remorse.

Surely we will cry out, "Must this be the burden we carry throughout life that we can never be truly free to thrive in this world?" "What of our dreams and our birthright to all the gifts of our Universe?" These shadows of gloom belong to each of us at one point or another. No man is untouched by troubles, mistakes or sin. We are imperfect and mortal above all else.

To break away and go forward with intention and courage requires a storm of desire from within us that awakens our senses and longs to succeed. The moment arrives when we can clearly see there is a need to fight in defense of that which belongs to us, whether we are broken or whole.

What has been done is over, no longer a bleeding wound, but we have healed and carry the scars of battle. If we look back, we need to be careful to see only that which will help us and that which reminds us of what we wish to never revisit. We have buried our foolishness and crushed our greed. We protect our goodness and honor to keep us walking that straight line. The line that will lead us to the joy intended for us. Isn't this what each and every one of us want? So then what must we do?

Turning the pages.....
Turning the pages.....
I must forgive myself.
I must forgive myself.

Letting Go of the Past

These are not just more empty words of advice, nor a flippant cliché. The sheer reality is that we must come to a place of self-forgiveness, no matter how painful, no matter how difficult. Yes we will have to go back for a moment, to recall unpleasant, embarrassing times. Those times when perhaps in our youth and lack of wisdom, we were selfish and cruel, not only to others, but even to our own self. The outrageously irrational choices we made and the bold denial we clung to against all common sense. During that crazy time in our life when all that mattered was the momentary pleasure, the bigger the better and the more self indulgent, the more we kept on that path of destruction.

To begin to heal, we must first learn to let go. We need to be willing to feel true sorrow for those we may have hurt. When possible, we must apologize with sincerity and ask for forgiveness. Only this can begin our cleansing that will free our soul to reach out with love and compassion for those we once scorned. This same compassion belongs to us too.We can learn to love ourself with a pure love and discard our wretched ego. It is only then we can find it in our heart to forgive ourself.

Once we have taken these tender steps, it is that time my friend, to bid, "Farewell," to yesterday. In our mind's eye, we may watch the past fade far and fast into a distance no longer visible. Our heart will lighten and we'll feel the newness and freshness of utter relief. The relief which brings us the freedom to move forward into new beginnings of a new and brighter day.

Leave the Past Behind/Larry Norman w/ lyrics

Brand new DAY.....TODAY!

Up, up & away in my beautiful balloon
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Now. Today. Right this Moment.

The break of dawn. Sunrise is as breathtaking as the sunset, although while sunset bids farewell to another day, sunrise has an excitement like nothing else. If we listen closely, we can hear the song of hope that rises with the brightness and warmth of the sun. With arms outstretched we can reach out and touch a piece of sky. It peeks through and pull us to embrace.

Yes, hope of all the wonderful things we have in store and the people whose lives will intertwine with ours. Today is the new day dawning just for us. Its moments must not be wasted, but used for every purpose in our lives. This is our gift of starting over and beginning on a journey for which we've made so many plans. We are certain it is never too late.

Today we continue our healing and practice the words and deeds that will create our comfortable world to learn and grow, share and love. We've discovered our purpose of our existence on earth. We can hope to leave our mark on all we touch. With every step we guard against despair, ready to forbid it entry and rise above its poison.

We paid our dues and learned the lessons. This is our time to sparkle and shine. "Today," what a wonderful concept. Right now as we live and breathe.....this moment. It's ours and we embrace it.

Once more we can make our amends. For every heart we broke, we will share kindness and comfort. The sins we committed have been washed away forever and in their place we've brought talents and gifts to spread smiles and laughter where ever we go.

Gratitude overwhelms us and we say, "Thank you.....thank you.....thank you!" For this new day has made me whole again and brought me to the beauty and reality of life. No more will I cry tears of regret nor wonder who I am. I'm a child of the universe now....today, right this moment!

The Best Day of My Life

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Today's Joy is Tomorrow's Memory

Because we just cannot know of tomorrow, we learn to have faith. Faith to believe that what may not have worked out quite as we'd hoped today, tomorrow allows us another chance. It is comforting to have hope in tomorrow, for all of our memories come to life tomorrow.

Tomorrow will bring us thoughts of all the days before and the continuation of yesterday's lessons! Before we close our eyes at the end of a long and busy day, we smile in the belief that "tomorrow is another gift."

One final thought I share with you my friend..... Speak these words aloud and in peace......

"Goodbye to Yesterday" "Welcome to my World, Today. I Love you." and "I Believe in the Hope of Tomorrow.".............Peace to one and all..

TOMORROW from "Annie"

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    Kari Poulsen 3 months ago from Ohio

    I am in the process of letting go of the past. The good part is I do not have a lot of anger or resentment to get over. This makes it easier, in my book. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. :)

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Typo!! Arghhhhh! I HATE typos! But even your correction isn't quite right! LOL.

    Have to fix it now or I'll not come back & do it! Know what else I hate? Getting dragged out of bed for a certain canine who decides he just has to go at 3 am! It's like his magical hour! He is lucky Mom has love and compassion for him!!

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    shanmarie 3 months ago

    I guess I found this through Jackie's comment. I agree with her that letting go of the past can be hard. I used to be good at it, but list it somewhere along the way. Now I let go and all the wrong thoughts reappear. Maybe one day I'll get it right.

    Had no intention of commenting, but the title caught my attention enough to read. And I saw a typo I thought you might want to know about. In the section about the past "to reach out to love and compassion"...should be "to reach out with love and compassion."

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL....I hear you, Jackie. Nothing & no one is worth our time fretting and regretting. Just be done with them!

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago from The Beautiful South

    Oh that letting go of the past is a hard one! It is doable though and I have done it. I can still think of ways I have been done wrong without my blood pressure going up at all. I just let it go!

    I still do get indignant about certain wrongs but most of that is political and none of it keeps me awake at night. Life in turmoil is just not worth living. If a chip tries to get on my shoulder I just put some dip on it and eat it. But then that is a completely different problem! lol

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    Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    aesta.....I do know of what you speak....sincerely. Try someday to approach this dilemma as a stranger to yourself. At least to have as objective an opinion as possible. Keep in the forefront of your mind that you too are a human being, capable of mistakes, failures and disappointments. Do this until it begins to feel a bit more comfortable & allow yourself time for it to seep into your subconscious. Don't try to force anything.

    If you are not successful aesta, so be it. It is most important that you have been forgiven by others.... You are loved. Paula

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    Mary Norton 13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    I find forgiving myself the hardest to do even if I understand it is crippling and even if the ones I have hurt have long forgiven me.

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    Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    ps.....It is evident that you & yours are examples of hope & love in your daily lives. I wish you well always & keep you in my thoughts. Your strength is a testament of faith & courage.

    Have a peaceful Thanksgiving. Paula

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    Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

    So well said....we in my family have tried to live this way...and most days we are successful but because we are human we do slip from time to time. But this is a beautiful sharing and gives hope and encouragement to those who come here to read.

    Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Angels are on the way to you ps

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    stella vadakin 13 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Wonderful hub and so very useful.

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    Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Perspy...always good to see you my friend. I pour out straight from the soul to the page......never yellow pads. just proof reads & edit.

    Thank you so much for the words of praise. Which of us doesn't need encouragement?

    Yes, Perspy...let's hope together for a better, more peaceful tomorrow. I'm right there with you. Hugs, Paula

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    Demas W Jasper 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    And now (24 months later) it is time for another self-help missive from your self-examining keyboard (are your drafts from there, too, or from pencils applied to yellow legal pads?)

    You rock when you delve thoughtfully into these "chapters of our lives" and aren't outdoors walking the dogs for more inspiration from the great NW New York State woods.

    More delving, please, now that we can stroll into our future with less tripidation.

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    Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Bruce...What a pleasant surprise to see you again! So good to know you are moving with grace and wisdom on your spiritual path. I understand the warmth & comfort of keeping our dear old friends in our minds & hearts.

    When I first signed on here over 5 yrs ago now, I couldn't have known the incredibly wonderful people I would get to know and love. There are more gifts of friendship, compassion and hope in the pages we share with one another, than can ever be imagined. I'm so grateful.

    Take care sweet man and do visit again! Peace, Paula

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    Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 16 months ago from Asheville NC

    Dear Miss Paula!

    I can see you haven't forgotten how to inspire the masses! It was good to read your work again. I have been traveling through the shadows of my past for some time now in an effort to learn what it is I am to remember and what I am to forget. I decided not to throw it all away as there are nuggets hidden in the coal which are still destined to be diamonds.

    In any case, it was enriching to walk down this memory lane noting some of the landmark people in my short lived literary life. I am deeply grateful to be able to read your inspirational work and mindful that each one of us has a valuable perspective on living. Thank you for sharing yours and may the blessings of the Source of All Being be upon you!

    See you again one day when I remember the past I surrendered to and I join you in the present I am in!

    With fondness,

    Born2care

    Bruce

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    Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello & Thank you for your visit. Learning from the past is a must, I agree. I feel fortunate in that in my own personal life, I take this quite seriously. I am not one to repeat anything that resulted in failure or caused grief & regret. Once is more than enough for me to accept the lessons learned and make certain I go forward with new and more positive plans.

    I think we've all heard the phrase: "If we keep doing what we've been doing, we can expect the results to be the same, time after time." It's said that this is the definition of insanity.

    Have a great day, Patrick. Peace, Paula

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    Patrick 16 months ago from Nairobi

    Like they say- There is no time like the present. But we should always learn from the past to avoid making the same mistakes over and over.

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    Paula 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Happylovejoy.....I thank you for such a welcome compliment! Please do stop by anytime. Peace, Paula

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    Kawai 19 months ago from Singapore

    Your writing has a very calming effect. Look forward to reading more! =)

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    Paula 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks Sam. I appreciate your interest. Peace, Paula

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    Sam Shepards 19 months ago from Europe

    Great intro on this hub! I love Krishnamurti's work!

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    Paula 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    "Amazing" is a very nice word to add!! I knew you'd think of something, Ed....you always do. Thank you.. :) Hugs, Paula

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    ahorseback 19 months ago

    Holy Molly ! Look at the responses here . What can I possibly add to all this above Paula !?!?, Okay ......amazing !.....Ed

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Val.....Thank you for paying me a visit and appreciating my work. I'm always happy to see a friend & fellow-writer.

    I am grateful for the compliments & kind words.. Peace, Paula

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    Vladimir Karas 22 months ago from Canada

    Paula...As I am reading these words of wisdom I just wish it was only a beginning of a book - one of those that we end up falling asleep with because we couldn't let go of it. And as those first birds compete with bright sunshine to wake us up, we wonder - wasn't that the part of what we just read about last night? And is it for some sweet inspiration that all of a sudden we want to make the coming day feel like the first birthday of the rest of our life? Thank you for that feeling, bella.

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I just emerged from a little spin in the dryer. Great idea SAM! What to I do about the 20 lumps on my head? WHEW! Good thing I don't have a brain. I might have done some damage!

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    Linda Bilyeu 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

    Awww Effer...I cannot imagine and do not want to imagine because then I get cold chills. It is 43* here this morning, which is frigid to me, but will warm up soon. Toss a blanket in the dryer for extra warmth. Actually toss yourself in the dryer too! :))

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I'm convinced you have ESP! I hope that Sunshine you sent gets here NOW! My brand new heating system is giving me a problem.....I have 3 layers of clothes on, a scarf, hat and gloves on...IN THE HOUSE!

    Winter took a long time getting here. Tell you what. IT IS HERE NOW IN FULL FORCE. Yaaaaay Western NY. It never fails!

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    Linda Bilyeu 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

    Hi Effer, I'm sending you some Florida sunshine! Stay warm. Smile often. Sing loudly. Cuss as needed. Ha! :)

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Eric.....Thank you for visiting. I'm happy to see you found my work enticing. If I may say so, I think you are quite an example of the virtues of treasuring the moment. Peace, Paula

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    Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I never grow tired of messages extolling the virtue of living today. You did a marvelously enticing job here. You make me want to do as you suggest - thanks a whole lot!

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    And Thank YOU, Bobby~ for appreciating my work. I am humbled. Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year! Peace, Paula

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    Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

    Paula, Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have written a truly inspiring hub. God bless you. Bobby

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    geri...So nice of you to come by to visit and comment. It's nice to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your work. "Happy New Year." Peace, Paula

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    Geri McClymont 23 months ago

    I appreciate and am inspired by your article. It is so true that we cannot really move on in life without letting go of the past, and a big part of that is forgiving others as well as ourselves, as your article indicates. Thank you for highlighting focusing on tomorrow rather than dwelling on the past -- a good lesson for all of us!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Vellur......And I hope your life is filled with "Inspiration." Thank you for your visit. Always good to see you. Peace, Paula

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    Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

    Letting go is not easy, once we learn to let go we feel happy and it is like unloading a burden off our shoulders. Positive and inspiring, love the way you have finished your article.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    peach....I'm afraid I have not seen that movie but have heard all good reviews. Thanks for your comment!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Have you seen the movue UP? You will know that letting go the past is the only way to carry on

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    The results (both positive & negative) of our mistakes have a tendency to move along with us through life. This isn't always bad. They have their place in our lives as long as we keep them where they belong...in the past.

    What's been done & said is a past chapter, to be remembered when needed, but never rehashed. We trip and fall, come to recognize how and why.....learn, grow and move forward as a better, wiser person.

    We cannot ask for more than this and probably shouldn't. There is so much more to us and a lifetime of knowledge to gain. Releasing ourselves from the traps that might bind us is our right as well as our responsibility. Life awaits us and we have value....

    Thanks for the visit and comment, Catherine. Peace, Paula

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    Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

    Thanks for this hub. I was particularly struck by your quote, "You can't start the next chapter of your life, if you keep rereading the last one. I think far too often about the mistakes I have made. I must remember to keep my focus on the present and future. I am not familiar with Krishnamurti. I think I should be.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sounds like you have experienced that precious "A-HA! Moment." It may be slow to come but is welcomed & appreciated nonetheless.

    For as I believe what really matters to us at any given present moment is "Today." From this moment forward.

    Yes Cam, our entire existence makes up who we are...as we have traveled this journey called life, our footprints follow.

    It's beyond cathartic to reach that sunrise when we awaken to confess, "Yes, I have a good life."......Peace Always Chris, Paula

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    Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

    Paula, These are profound thoughts. I remember a moment of waking up after a long period of darkness. I was literally walking toward the sunrise when I told myself, quite unexpectedly, that "I have a good life." That sounds pretty weak here, but the self imposed darkness I was emerging from had been brutal. I've learned some of the lessons you have shared here. One of the most important is that "I will not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it." All of it, the good and the bad, are part of me. I accept them, but don't dwell on them, and move on. I'm at peace with myself now, and that is a wonderful feeling. Thanks for opening the door to this conversation.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    blue....The individual who truly learns a complete lesson at the first opportunity, hasn't been born yet. This may account for why the purest wisdom is associated with "age & or at least years of experiences."

    The reality is we never reach that moment when we can stop learning, nor should we.

    It is perfectly OK to indulge in "ourselves" at all times. To know one's self is just as lengthy a journey as learning to know others.

    It's when we have a clearer picture of our own essence & capacities that we can give these to others.

    So you see, you're really on the right track blue. Be kinder to yourself. Thanks for the visit. I'm always happy to see you. Paula

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Yeah and sometimes I get to learn my lessons over and over again, kind makes you wonder if it is really sinking in.

    Remember it is always just about me but occasionally I think of others and that is when I grow the most.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    And thank YOU for reading, Peg. I got a bit deep on this one. It was one of those days I reached down really deep....and came up with the lessons I've learned the hard way through the years....which no doubt, you can surely relate to in more ways than one...

    Yes, we are here to learn as well as teach once our wisdom is proven solid and true..

    There's only one small catch. Each person must learn for themselves and the best we can do is try to guide and protect.

    Peace & love to you Peg...........Paula

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    "We have healed and carry the scars of battle."

    "This is our gift of starting over and beginning on a journey for which we've made so many plans. We are certain it is never too late."

    "We paid our dues and learned the lessons."

    All, great quotes from your powerful and important message. I believe that we are here to learn, even from our mistakes, how to be better people everyday. Thank you for sharing this wisdom and insight.

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    Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

    A very wise and beautiful essay. We can't hear it to often. I loved the posters you included. Very inspirational. thanks for starting off my day with some positive energy. Voted up++

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Chris.....I'm happy that you feel inspired by my words. That was my hope in sharing this. Have a wonderful Sunday. Peace, Paula

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    Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

    I actually feel a lot better after reading this. There's a lot of beauty and hope that's shared within this piece that it gives me another version of peace. Excellent hub thank you for writing this I loved it.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    aesta.....Oh yes, I appreciate your point.....often it IS a decision we're very sorry we had made.....That really hits HOME, my friend. Thanks for your interest in my work...

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    Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Am enjoying the personality behind your writing. Sometimes, it's not even mistakes, it's the decisions we have taken which may have hurt others. In my experience, those people have long forgiven me but I just can't forgive myself. What helps is I just no longer think about it and when I do I just pat myself in a gesture of forgiveness. I have read Khrisnamurti and love it.

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    Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

    Your good humor a big piece of Heaven on earth! Continued Blessings! Keep sharing your gift of love through JOY! Very much needed! :)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL!! Thank you. I blush when people say nice things to me. I'm told I'm amazing all the time, but the people telling me are usually shaking their head back & forth and throwing their hands in the air from disbelief....ya know, it's a little different than your tone......

    My late husband, bless his heart was usually sweet about it...his favorite was......"You are definitely an odd duck, honey with your own waddle!!" I don't know, what would you think?? LMAO!!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    swilliams.....I skipped right over you, didn't I? Forgive me.....if for no other reason, have mercy on the aging!!

    Good to see you again, even if it takes me a while to wake up!

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    Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

    You are amazing! Keep up the meaningful work!!!:)

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    sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

    need of the hour

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

    Paula!

    Yes, I am originally born and raised in Erie. I know exactly where Mill Creek is. Our family lived in that area. And I worked at the Mill Creek Mall at one point in the early 90's. :-) I moved to Ky 13 years ago this June! :( Heaven help me! They have lots of snow up there now, so the family is calling all upset that we have just cold weather and few snow flurries. wow! It is a small world! I graduated from Central High School. :-) Big hugs! (((((((((((((( Paula ))))))))))))

    By the way, I was laughing about your "quota for one topic". :-)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks so much Jo. I realized this hub was similar to the one Good Words hub I wrote, after the fact. So, I guess I've written my quota for one topic!! LOL Glad you stopped by. Before I forget, where did I get the idea that you live in Erie Pa? I swore that I read that somewhere and I thought I had told you that I lived in Mill Creek for 2 yrs back in the '80's. Oh well, I guess I'm confusing you with someone else. Nothing new for me!! LOL

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

    I very much enjoyed reading this. Your choice of songs was just super!

    Great wisdom and advice. This is just so precious, just like you are! :-)

    Shared and Up all the way..beautiful, useful, interesting and awesome

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's uplifting to know that you found inspiration in my words. Surely this is one of the reasons we share our thoughts with one another. Coming from such an incredibly talented & prolific writer, I am flattered!...Thank you, Shyron

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    Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

    Paula, this is my first read of the day and I needed the inspiration that I got from this labor of love. When I read this it reminded me of the song "One Day at a Time" and I love the song and I love your hub.

    Voted up UABI and shared.

    Blessings and Hugs

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    If it wasn't a saying before, Audrey, it's certainly one I'll keep in my heart from now on. Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comment. Peace, Paula

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    I am reminded by this post of the old saying that we forgive others so that we can forgive ourselves--at least I think it is a saying- there is a lot of wisdom here!

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    Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

    What an uplifting article! Thank you for sharring inspiring quotes speakers that I have not heard of such as, Jiddu Krishnamurti . And of course I am a fan of Annie the movie and the hit song ,"Tomorrow." Well-Done! Voted up and tweeted out!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Diana...Thanks so much. It's always so good to see your beautiful smile and read your input. I apologize for not visiting as much as I used to. I'm trying to get back in the swing. Much love, P

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    Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

    This is a great write and full of wisdom for readers. I learned to let go of those things I cannot change through "hard knocks" and I hope readers understand it is much easier to learn this lesson early on. I love the quotation on ceasing to re-read the chapter in order to move on.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    ROFLMAO....DJ....LOL...damn you...I so wish we had SOUND on HP. When I saw you had popped up again, spying on my midnight interludes....making the same comment as you did before....I friggan lost it..

    You're like the Nightmare Mother-in-law......OMG LMAO.. Honestly, I can't stop laughing. Your sense of humor just gets me

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    And just where have you been young man? Bruce, I haven't seen you in months. Thanks for the welcome visit.

    Well..you know friend...these trails we walk and bridges we cross, mountains we climb...are not one-time events. More often than not we find ourselves in the same places as before. Then we go back to the drawing board, pull out the directions and diagrams to RE-try.

    I think perhaps this is how some of us get stronger and go further as time goes on......we keep on going, no matter what. You know this as I do.....very well. (smile)

    Peace to you and yours....Paula

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    Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 2 years ago from Asheville NC

    Thank you Paula, for the reminder that there is always too much past and never enough now! I so enjoyed reading and listening to this hub. Surrendering the past and focusing on the now are two very, very difficult tasks. Yet, your words seem to make it so attractive.

    Thank you for expressing what I am feeling!

    Four stars and a Woohooo!

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    For Heaven's sake, "Get a room!"

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Such a naughty boy....Isn't this the sort of stuff the Espionage Staff uses against us in a court of law, after reading us our Miranda rights?

    I promise. I'll never ask for translations again....in public.

    Where ever you disappeared to blue, you certainly came back stronger, healthier & bolder than ever. Good thing you don't frighten me. I'm only scared of grizzly bears...not teddy bears. For Heaven's sake, try to be nice.....or proper...or reticent..... Forget it, just be you.

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Meaning

    Delighted.

    Origin

    tickled pinkThe tickling here isn't the light stroking of the skin - it's the figurative sense of the word that means 'to give pleasure or gratify'. The tickling pink concept is of enjoyment great enough to make the recipient glow with pleasure - (see also in the pink

    Now let's see what part of the body would produce such a sensation . . . could it be a foot message . . . are we getting warmer, perhaps we could move a little higher . . . could it be referring to a particular G-spot, hmmm!

    These kinds of explanations require more of a hands on approach, how far do you live away from me?

    Just saying!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Til....Isn't it so comforting to know that we're all screwed up in the mess together?? LOL....Gives me a warm feeling all over that we are all members in good standing in the Out-of-Sync Club. That way, we're BOUND to run into each other somewhere....some time, some how...LOL

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    blue...I don't see what may have needed defending, so it's good you didn't bother. I love your statement about 18 yr.olds....what a way with words you have. I never know whether It's perfectly OK to get you....or I should assume you couldn't have meant what I'm thinking you meant. Brilliant style, Mr. Man.

    "stick it in cider" is a brand-spankin-new-one to me! Never ever heard that. Also, I can't come up with a translation for that or tickled pink. Can we just make up something? Is that OK?

    Don't stay away too long....you make me happy and I'm selfish that way..............:)

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    Had to stop back and say we're all a little out of sync GF. You're the best! Hope the New Year treats you well.

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    The truth needs no defense, so I won't even bothering defending my previous statements. The whole point of 18 year olds is that thinking isn't their strong points and wouldn't know what love was if it awoke them in the middle of the night throbbing passionately.

    I don't snore but I reserve the right to drool.

    As far as tickled pink, it reminds me of the ol' saying 'stick it in cider' . . .'nuff said'!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    blue.....gotta hand it to you, Romeo....If I had remained young, innocent, vulnerable & clueless....I'd almost believe your bull. Let me just say, I can't imagine how you find enough 18 year-olds to fall, madly & passionately in love with you, yet can actually read & write........Now, now, don't bark at me....I'm only teasing my boy toy.

    Well, you weren't gone long enough to return totally transformed, so I'll just continue to love you just the way you are.

    I'm shocked and amazed at your statement about your revelations. I'm very curious as to what splendid works you'll be sharing henceforth. Of course, they'll be brilliant ..(did I say that the way you taught me? I hope so! My goal is to be Valedictorian .)

    When you cannot sleep for thinking of me...just hug your pillow (NOT a big fat one either!)......and please, blue...no snoring or drooling. OK?

    I'm tickled pink you are back........what a dumb ass expression. What the hell does tickled pink mean? Really. What stupid woman said that for the first time and WHY?..............Later sweet cheeks.....Paula

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Actually I am but don't tell anyone, it will be our secret . . . haven't come across your email but I still have a 130 to go (having deleted 450 losers that don't rate).

    You could try telepathically sending it and then I would 'think' about responding, get it? Did you miss my cleverisms?

    I WILL NOT be giving anymore time and effort to exposing the lies and conspiracies of the Evil Ones, life is too short. For instance my sleeping patterns did not alter one iota without the knowledge of what was transpiring in the world, however I did toss and turn just thinking of you!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    ROFLMAO.......Stop the crap, blue. It's me you're writing to!

    I've been fine. OK, that's a lie. But if I took the time and attitude to tell you, by line 15 you will have left the site or fallen asleep.

    You must have received my email.....I hope? It's been so long, I can't even remember what it was I needed your worldly & perfect knowledge for....hmmmm something I read and was curious about . Well if you can't find my email and I can't remember, I guess it wasn't important. Later. We'll catch up. I thought you were GONE.....your entire site looked abandoned....I think I even emailed Nadine. Awww someone cares about you. Aren't you touched?

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    I'm baaaack . . . The Powers That Be could only hold me back for so long and then using my supreme knowledge, I was able to overcome their nefarious and diabolical machinations and subdue them.

    However I was able to catch up on my reading and now am practically bursting at the seams with arcane and esoteric knowledge that will enlighten the masses and allow them to rise out of the squalid fetid mire of ignorance they wallow in.

    Howyabeen?

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I see your parents went to the same parenting classes mine did.....First try shame.....2nd....the guilt trip.......3rd. Threats of bodily harm...4..LIE TO THEM. By the time they figure it out, they'll understand why you had to do it.

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    See there. You do not even look like yourself, anymore.

    People are mistaken that you are from the deep South.

    It must be the accent. It is certainly not that golden tan.

    Get your head out of the box! What are you going to do when your ears get full of dust??

    Well, yes, the Dirt Devil might be just the right thing, if you are not

    afraid some brains might get sucked out.

    My daddy told me not to go into the deep end of the pool. He said my

    brains would go floating right out of my ears.

    DJ.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I am immensely flattered to be mistaken for our sweet Sunshine!!! LOL Hi Marcy......I've done it a dozen times!!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

    This is such a great and timely message, Sunshine! I try to keep this in mind when I have setbacks, but I always need excellent reminders such as this to push me forward and help me let go of the negative. Thanks for being your Sunshiney Self!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You certainly earn your name.....Your comment made me happy!

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    Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Lovely piece of writing!

    "To begin to heal, we must first learn to let go." - I fully agree here. I once heard a First Nations Elder say that: "We must learn to live with the past and not in the past." - I love that - very well put in my opinion.

    "If we listen closely, we can hear the song of hope that rises with the brightness and warmth of the sun." - The birds always start singing right before the Sun-rise, just to greed the Sun, welcoming the new day, new opportunities, etc. I like to do the same, in the sense of giving thanks for the day; I also learned this from an Ojibwe Elder: doing the Sunrise Ceremony.

    Great article, thank You for putting it together.

    All the best!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lady......good to see you. And Lord knows we can stand to have LESS stress. Our world causes too much of it!

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    Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for a very inspiring Hub. If we have faith for tomorrow, we'd have no stress. Very peaceful vibe.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Cheers to you, lady for having the foresight to know when to let go and move forward on the path to a more peaceful existence. We cannot change what is behind us, but can surely learn from our mistakes. Today holds all the potential and tomorrow the hope.! Bless you. Peace, Paula

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Hi, I feel the same way about tomarrow. You only hurt yourself by holding on to the past. There is a lot of wisdom in your hub. I have already come to this place in my life. Voted up. Stella

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Faith &

    Harish

    So pleased to hear from 2 of my amazing fellow-writers. Your kind and positive words encourage me and I feel blessed to know you appreciate this work of mine.

    It takes a clear mind and loving heart full of hope to accept the concept of embracing happiness and love each day....as they represent a brand new beginning... Peace to you, Paula

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    Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

    What a lovely and great message in the New year ! Paula, Happy New Year to you and all! You have brought forth a beautiful hub and poured out in it the gist of a happy and cheerful living.

    If a guy is able to savor each moment passing before her/him, he drinks nectar all the time. I loved reading every word of this wonderful hub. Thank you very much. Voted up and shared.

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

    Wow, Paula, what great insight you have shared here of the importance in letting go of our past hurts and not be stuck in the past, for it does us not one bit of good. If we are still here today, this day, then there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow, and we have the opportunity to make our own joy in this life on this very day. It is so important to have great faith for our future happiness. When we live in the past, we miss today!

    Thank you for this inspiration piece. Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

    Peace and blessings for a wonderful New Year

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you so much for the visit, Devika. Always nice to see you. "Happy New Year," to you & yours......Paula

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great writing here. You true words do mean a lot and said with such powerful meaning.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    heidi....Hello and thanks for stopping by. Life-lessons are pretty much all tough to learn. Somehow though, none of us get away without having to learn them in one way or another.

    It seems best to take a good look at how each of us handles these experiences and come to the realization that no matter what, we are responsible for our own happiness.

    It's pretty foolish to sit around fretting over all the hills & valleys we've crossed already rather than be careful where we are and where we'd like to finally arrive.......Have a Great year, Heidi. Peace, Paula

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    Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

    One of the toughest life lessons ever! Thanks for the inspirational boost for the New Year!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Miss Happy Bobbi! I would know without a doubt that someone as sweet as you has this attitude. You are so right. If we don't do the work required to get there....we just stand still. That's not a good way to live.

    Peace to my friend......Love, Paula

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Dear Paula,

    This is a wonderful hub to enlighten and shout out to the draggy spirits of our world; tie your shoestrings and start the walk of joy.

    Without joy in our hearts, we would not sing, smile, communicate in a friendly way and positively could not return love.

    Joy does not like baggage, old hurts and grudges have no place in joy, kick it off your road of life.

    Blow negativity away with a joyful smile.

    Love your work Paula

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    DJ........You are too funny. Don't you have anything more interesting to do than to stalk 2 young lovers?..................ROFLMAO (OK....one young lover & an old hag)