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Milestones and Meanings - Seeking Inspiration from the Things We Do

Updated on December 10, 2013

The Number 100 is Significant in People's Minds

When I started many hubs ago, and I read about other people writing their 100th hub, I thought I won’t create something about my 100th hub. Even 2 hubs ago, I thought about the topics I will write about next, and writing about my 100th hub wasn't even on my mind. But then after I published my 99th hub, something came over me. I can’t explain it exactly. It is a mixture of being proud of getting to number 100, and the feeling that it should not be ignored, it is worthy of me acknowledging even a minor achievement.

This got me thinking about why is the number 100 significant? What is it that makes us think 100 is any more special than all the numbers that preceeded it? I thought about all the different things 100 means. To be 100 years old, means you have lived a century. Schools place significance on the first 100 days of school. The president’s first 100 days in office is worthy of making news. When a television show reaches 100 episodes it is eligible for syndication. A football field is 100 yards long. Ben Franklin is on the $100 bill. The boiling point of water is 100 degrees celsius. In aspects of time, and place, in sports, and finances, and in science the number 100 is significant. Numbers in general are associated with religion, superstition, mysticism and symbolism. There are societal and mathematical reasons the number 100 has meaning, mainly because our decimal system is zero based.

Numbers Are a State of Mind

But in psychology, the question arises why do we give numbers meaning, and what makes 100 so special? It is a man made concept built on the belief that 100 is a milestone. But 100 could have arbitrarily been a different number. We adopted and accepted this concept. How we understand the meaning of numbers is a result of our experience, exposure and adapted beliefs.

People, as a rule, like round numbers. Numbers ending with a ‘0’ usually denote a landmark. It helps make something memorable. We set up benchmarks that help us see where we were and how far we have come. 100 hubs ago for me, it was summertime, there was a heatwave going on. The world series and super bowl hadn’t been played yet, and it was a different year. 100 hubs ago, gas was about $2.75 a gallon, today it is about $3.45 a gallon. The Tuscan shooting had not happened yet. Mubarak was running Egypt, Libyans were not yet fighting for their freedom. 100 hubs ago, I didn’t exist on hubpages, I didn’t have the new hub friends I have made, and my mother was still alive. My life has changed since 100 hubs ago.This 100th hub has allowed me to reflect on the last 6 months. And it is this reflection that helps us see the big and small moments we have experienced. It is not the number that is significant . It is the idea that we can celebrate a minor achievement and mark the passage of time . And it helps motivate us to make more milestones, and to help us get through some difficult times. Great accomplishments are based on the small milestones and progress we make.

Celebrate and Take Pride in Yourself

To move forward, we need to be motivated. These milestones are a measurement of our progress. Milestones help motivate us, and inspire us to reach just a little further. Inspiration exists within us and around us. As you seek to go further, reach farther and find fulfillment in your life look for these milestones. Milestones have meanings and they will give you the encouragement and motivation to know small successes. Ask yourself, where were you 100 hubs or 6 months ago? Celebrate yourself and take pride in where you are today, and how far you have come. Look for inspiration within yourself and from others. Listed below are 100 ways to get inspired, be creative, and motivate yourself. (And some of my hubs that are related to helping you be inspired that I hope you will read.)

  1. surround yourself with positive people read: Intentionally Positive
  2. change your routine
  3. find spirituality read read: Spiritual Experiences in Daily Living
  4. read some inspirational quotations
  5. visualize achieving your dreams
  6. take a walk
  7. talk to a friend read: Big-5-Personality-Traits-and-Their-Pets and Peoplality-Personality-Traits and Psychological Behavior and Personality Characteristics that People Share
  8. listen to music
  9. use aromatherapy to stimulate your sense of smell
  10. read an inspiring story
  11. do something fun
  12. embrace uncertainty
  13. do something kind for someone else read: Kindness - Lessons for Our Children
  14. empower yourself
  15. do one thing at a time read: Task Scheduling - The Art of Prioritizing Yourself
  16. find your mantra
  17. put your worries in a bubble and blow them away for a few hours read: Health and Hard Times and Grieving When You Lose Someone Close to You
  18. watch a movie that you find inspiring
  19. learn something new read: dogology-famous dogs pawprints in ancient history Part 1 and pawprints in history part 2
  20. read some poetry
  21. meditate
  22. think about your past successes
  23. exercise read: Beginner Tai Chi and Better Health
  24. find your passion
  25. let go of your past
  26. take action read: Weight-Loss-Systems-Getting-a-Slimmer-Waist
  27. be influential
  28. apply some affirmations
  29. write
  30. look at the big picture
  31. use your imagination
  32. just do it
  33. pamper yourself read: natural-remedies-Beautiful-Skin
  34. do something artistic
  35. believe in yourself read: Knowing and Trusting Yourself Part 1
  36. watch the sunrise
  37. make your environment a relaxing place for yourself
  38. sit by a fireplace and enjoy the emanating warmth
  39. read about butterflies read:
  40. believe that you can!
  41. learn from Ben Franklin read: Ben-Franklin-Americas-First-Environmentalist and Making-and-Saving-Money-Ben-Franklins-Way
  42. learn something new about yourself read: Human-Ananomity-Loving-the-Parts-of-Our-Body-We-Rarely-Think-About and Skin Care Facts Part 1 and Skin Care Facts Part 2
  43. say no read: The importance of Saying No
  44. think positive
  45. spend time with someone you love read: What the World Did On Valentine's Day
  46. sit by a waterfall
  47. light a candle
  48. respect yourself read:
  49. do something good for the environment read: Earth-Friendly-Pet-Products
  50. take a risk
  51. reminisce about happy times read: New-Years-Eve-in-New-York-City-and-Around-the-World
  52. clean something read:
  53. eat some m&m’s or something decadent read: M&M's Chocolate Candy That Changed the World
  54. let your pets make you smile read: Dogology-Lovable-Dogs-in-Different-Shapes-Sizes-Types
  55. take a day trip read: Distractions-Car-Accidents-and-Driver-Safety and Driver Safety and Cell Phone Laws
  56. get energized by the refreshing scent of lemons read: Lemons-The-Earth-Friendly-Cleaning-Products
  57. hug someone Petology-Loving-Our-Pets All-Year-Long
  58. do something bold
  59. laugh read: The-Humourous-Side-of-the-United-States-Presidents
  60. compliment yourself
  61. ask for advice
  62. prioritize yourself
  63. do one thing different
  64. ask yourself ‘what if’
  65. buy yourself something new read: Smart Shopping Deals Throughout the Year
  66. take satisfaction in your accomplishments
  67. relax read: Health-and-Emotional-Well-Being-Checkup
  68. donate to charity
  69. get a mindset to do something read: Successness-Self-Determination-and-Other-Factors-of-Success
  70. find pleasure in simplicity
  71. read inspiring moments in history
  72. be patient
  73. take action
  74. recognize your own achievements
  75. appreciate yourself read: Knowing-and-Trusting-Yourself-Part-1
  76. take a bubble bath read:The-History-of-Baths-from-Ancient-to-Modern-Times
  77. take pride in some of your milestones
  78. be around supportive people read: Dogology-Dogs-Uncanny-Intelligence
  79. unclutter your life
  80. watch children at play read: Create-a-Family-Ancestor-Connection-for-Your-Children
  81. volunteer your time
  82. accept yourself read: Psychological Triggers - Why We Do the Things We Do
  83. learn about someone else who is inspiring read: Macys-was-a-Failure
  84. do some gardening
  85. do something nice for yourself
  86. count the stars read: Spacedom-Unmanned-Missions-May-Find-Other-Planets-Like-Earth-in-the-Universe
  87. go to an art gallery
  88. go to a new restaurant
  89. bolster your confidence
  90. do something just for you read: Natural-Healing-Powers-of-Gemstones-Myth-or-Science
  91. trust yourself read: Life-Coaching-Courses-Knowing-and-Trusting-Yourself-Part-2
  92. be determined
  93. dare to step out of your comfort zone
  94. read something from your favorite author
  95. protect yourself read: Jealous Lovers and Therapy and Jealous Couples and Are Tall Men More Jealous than Shorter Men
  96. instill a sense of desire for yourself
  97. look for opportunities in the moment
  98. be a leader read: Success-What-Do-You-Want-Deciding-and-Guiding
  99. learn a new joke
  100. take that first step

Celebrate Your Big and Little Milestones

Celebrate the Big and Little Things You Do!

Acknowledge and celebrate the big and little things you do. Everything you do does matter. You can inspire others and you can be inspired by the circle of influences in your life. For those of you who have written a 100 or more hubs, or achieved something you have wanted to do, congratulations on this milestone. For those of you who haven't yet, I encourage you to go for it. Whatever you do is an achievement that will always be yours.

“Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.”                ~ Blaise Pascal ~ (French mathematician,philosopher, and physicist 1623-1662)

Remember your accomplishments big and small. Reflect on where you have been and where you are going. And whatever you do live in the moment. As this quote says - “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift, that is why it is called The Present”.


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    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      100 hubs is pretty awesome! Congrats :) This is a beautiful hub... love the 100 ideas for inspiration... Bookmarked for future reference :)

    • Your Cousins profile image

      Your Cousins 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I started reading your list for inspiration and just couldn't stop until I reached 100! Guess that proves your theory. Thanks toknowinfo, voted up and useful.

    • Deepak Chaturvedi profile image

      Deepak Chaturvedi 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I am speechless.What should I say?and why?when you already have told everything.You are kind and gentle person and always try to make balance(your followers and following are equal).It is not your simple hub.It has a current of different kind.Flow like a poem-milestone-congrate.For me it is still a dream.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I love "remember your accomplishments"! "Round numbers" another great concept. I think most inspiring is your reflection of the last six months and how things have changed so much. this is a great hub!]

      I was led here by your comment in my hub about the number 100 and I am so glad I was!!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting. Also sharing with my readers.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi RJ, Thanks for commenting. This will always be a special hub to me. I am glad you liked it and appreciate your up votes. Thanks for stopping by and offering your kind words.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very interesting thoughts and a refreshingly different milestone hub. Voted up and interesting.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Carrie, It is so nice to see you again. Thanks for joining my 100th article celebration. I appreciate your kind words and up votes.

    • carrie450 profile image


      9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A wonderful hub That I can come back and refer to and well written too toknowinfo. Voted Up!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      I am so glad you found this hub to be useful to you. See you around hubpages

    • dearabbysmom profile image


      9 years ago from Indiana

      Great hub and a good list to keep as reference. Voted awesome!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      9 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub. I love your tips on how to become more inspired, especially no. 90 :)

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      We all need inspiration and any way we can find it helps us reach higher and further. Thanks for your kind comments.

    • justmesuzanne profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Great list & recommendations! Thanks for taking the time to provide them. Rated up and awesome! :)

    • suejanet profile image


      9 years ago

      I feel that the things we do as well as our state of mind is helpful in our well being.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi TF, Thanks so much for your kind words. I am glad to know you find this information so useful. Glad you stopped by.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      9 years ago from Sweden

      This was a very good hub, inspiring, useful and absolutely brilliant! Congratulations to 100 hubs, you have been busy and it is a great achievement in such a short time! Voted up and bookmarked!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Andromida, Believing you can makes all the difference. Henry Ford said "whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right" Which leads to number 44, think postive!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Aris, I am glad I can inspire you. We all help each other get inspired. Thanks for your up votes and kind words.

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      syras mamun 

      9 years ago

      As you said in your point number 40 "believe that you can!" is really really something very important to stay in positive frame of mind and bring positive changes to a person's life.Very inspiring hub and thanks a lot :)

    • Aris Budianto profile image

      Aris Budianto 

      9 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

      Congratulation toknowinfo, inspiring hubs, 100 hubs is a fairy hard work but you did it, voted up and useful, inspire me, thanks.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Im, Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the up rating, and I am glad you found the info useful.

    • ImChemist profile image


      9 years ago

      Wow , Thanks or this very useful hub that i rated voted up and rated useful.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks Audrey, But you are my idol.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Congratulations to you, too! And fabulous suggestions!!!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi b Malin, Thanks for your kind words. Congratulations to you too on your 100th hub!

      Hi Micky, You the one who is an inspiration! Thanks for stopping by.

      Hi Crystolite, I love when you visit. I am looking forward to reading more from you too.

      Hi Betty, Thanks for you kind comments. You know, I don't how I came up with the "100 Inspiration List", I guess I just got inspired myself.

      Hi Clare, Hub by hub you are getting there! Celebrate your 13th hub. 13 is lucky in some cultures like Sikhism and for the Chinese. In the Jewish religion, children have a bar or bat mitzvah, a coming of age ceremony, so why not have a hub mitzvah? Your writing is coming of age! Congratulations.

      Hi Tony, Thanks for your kind words. With your experience, I am honored that you found my hub useful. Thanks

      Hi Amillar, Thanks for visiting and for the up rating. It is always nice for me when you stop by.

    • amillar profile image


      9 years ago from Scotland, UK

      A very inspiring hub thanks - up and useful.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Congrats on the 100 and thanks for a greaat one. Really enjoyed this and found it useful. Bookmarked.

      Love and peace


    • Clare-Louise profile image


      9 years ago from Birmingham UK

      Well done on your 100th hub Toknowinfo! I was pretty chuffed when I reached ten myself! And speaking of psychology of numbers I'm on number thirteen now, and do feel a bit creeped out about it!! haha! Your hundreth is a wonderful hub with great sentiments, and thanks for the good advice for those of us just starting out!

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      Betty Johansen 

      9 years ago

      A fabulous hub, toknowinfo. I'm thinking I need to learn how to put my worries in a bubble and blow them away for awhile. I love that idea and the 99 other great suggestions. (How did you think of so many? It would have taken me 100 years!)

    • crystolite profile image


      9 years ago from Houston TX

      Congratulations for this article,i really enjoyed it.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Great encouragement. I hope I can follow it. God bless you toknowinfo.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      9 years ago

      Yes, it is a State of Mind, but such a good one to be in...So Congratulations on your l00th Hub...Many, Many more Wonderful Hubs to come!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Lori, Glad to hear how inspired you are. I just have to ask you how many fingers do you have? Is it based on 10 fingers or 8 finger system as Twilight Lawns explained to us. Either way, I am looking forward to reading each of your hubs and will be your cheerleader!

      Hi Twilight Lawns, You are smart, sensitive, creative and funny. Your contributions are a great addition. Thanks.

      Hi Fossillady, Now that you stopped by, it feels like a celebration.. Thanks for coming to my 100th hub party.

      Hi Joshua, I am very happy you liked this hub. Thanks for your kind words.

      Hi KoffeeKlatch, Thanks for your good wishes and for the up rating. I am always honored when you show up. I have a special connection to you, that you probably don't realize. When I first started at hubpages, you were part of the group that nominated my "Dogology - Dogs Uncanny Intelligence Hub" for a hubnuggets award. You are very much a part of my inspiration to keep writing, and I want to thank you for your encouragement early on. Keep up the good work you do and thanks.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Congratulations on publishing your 100th hub. May you publish many more. I absolutely love your list of ways to get motivated, inspired and creative. Rated up.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Awesome hub. Thanks.

    • Fossillady profile image


      9 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Congrats and hope you have many more! You definitely deserve to celebrate! Yahooo

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      Twilight Lawns 

      9 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      It wouldn't take ME longer to type... I use about three to five at the besy of times.

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      Lori Cotten 

      9 years ago

      I'm starting with #12, and moving right along to #29...Thank you, you've inspired me.:)

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi all,

      Wow I stepped away from my computer for a few hours and I have a lot of people to acknowledge for your comments So:

      To Twilight Lawns: Thank you for comments about me losing my mother. I still hurt over losing her and I appreciate your sensitivity. I also liked your digit based theory of numbers and with less fingers we would get to milestones faster, but it might take us longer to type too.

      To:Will Starr, thanks for stopping by and the congrats.

      To Dahoglund, I always appreciate your kind comments.

      To: Acaetnna, I look forward to your 100th hub as well. With persistence, and the love of writing you will get there before you know it. Time flys when you are hubbing.

      To Emmeaki, Like you said, being positive is what it is all about. You can do anything, and hubpages is just the start!

      To Claptona, I am glad you enjoyed this hub. I hope it gives you inspiration whenever you need it.

      To Rpalulis, 50 is a nice round number too, and by all rights deserves just as much attention as number 100. I look forward to seeing you achieve both and more. Just keep on writing!

      To Random Theme, Glad I inspired you and that you do many things on the list. If there are things I left off 100 ways towards inspiration, let me know, I will be glad to add to it.

      To Kashmir - Tom - I am always glad when you visit me. Thanks for the congrats and nice votes. See you around the hubs soon.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi toknowinfo, congratulations on your 100th hub !

      Awesome and vote up !!!

      Take care my friend !!!

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      random theme 

      9 years ago

      Congrats on the accomplishment! A lot of the items on your list are things I tell myself all the time. Other things on your list, well, I should definitely follow. I've got a long haul to get to where you are, but thanks for the inspiration.

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      9 years ago from NY

      Thank you for such a positive hub, and congratulations on 100. I will be trilled when I hit fifty and can not imagine 100 right now.

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      John D Wilson 

      9 years ago from Earth

      Congrats and a very good hubpage.

      Keep up the good work, and stay positive.



    • Emmeaki profile image


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      Congrats on hub #100! I will make it there eventually. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves what's good in our lives instead of what's bad. Positivity is the key!

    • acaetnna profile image


      9 years ago from Guildford

      Gosh this is really clever. Congratulations on your 100th hub - amazing. I can't begin to imagine being able to write that many!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      congratulations on the 100th hub.

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona


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      Twilight Lawns 

      9 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      The beauty of this hub was enhanced by you including losing your mother since you first started hubbing. My heart went out to you there,

      By the way; (getting a little more practical) The "mathematical reasons the number 100 has meaning, mainly because our decimal system is zero based," is not quite correct. We use the decimal system (system based on ten) because we have ten fingers. If we had had eight fingers(for example), 100 would represent sixty-four. Counting in base eight, we would go, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, etc..

      Then it wouldn't be so long to reach your 100th hub... it would be the one after 77 (Speaking in base eight, of course).

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Nellianna,

      Thanks for your kind words. You are a very special person and when you get to be 100, I hope you are listed as one of the inspirations!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      I am fully planning to be celebrating my 100th birthday in about 21 years and it will be full of all the positive 100rds you have listed. I love this hub!

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Katiem2, I am highly complimented that you found my hub inspirational. Thanks

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      Katie McMurray 

      9 years ago from Westerville

      Now these numbers have some powerful words backing them up, I love it. Philosophical Views of Milestones and Meanings are great inspirational tools and much appreciated. :) Katie

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Chuck, thanks for stopping by. I am glad I made you more self aware! Thanks for the up and useful rating, it is much appreciated.

    • poorconservative1 profile image


      9 years ago

      When I wrote Million - Billion - Trillion I didn't realize that I was exhibiting this type of behaviour, that was very enjoyable. Definitely Up & Useful.

      Thank You.


    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks Fay, I am glad you found this useful. All the best to you and thanks for the vote up.

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      Fay Paxton 

      9 years ago

      Voted up and so useful, I am bookmarking this for future reference.

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi RJ,

      I am honored that you became my fan. I am glad you enjoyed this hub and I look forward to learning much from you as well.

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      Reynold Jay 

      9 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Ah HA! This is also a secret to selling... Round numbers for everything...My books always have the Ten secrets to... etc. forget 9 or 11--no one cares! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ

    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks Mentalist,

      Can I count on 999,999 from you?

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      Mentalist acer 

      9 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      May you have another hundred successful hubs with a million clicks teknowinfo!;)


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